Phillips Academy Andover

180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
Tel: 978-749-4050
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 1122 students
The picturesque Andover campus features historic buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, and expansive lawns, which provide a pristine and welcoming setting for our students.
The picturesque Andover campus features historic buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, and expansive lawns, which provide a pristine and welcoming setting for our students.
In one of the first fully digital language learning laboratories in the United States, students at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., can work at one of 40 work stations, practicing language drills, viewing foreign language films, using the Internet and working on assignments assisted by faculty or independently. Andover offers six modern and two ancient languages.
Through a vast music program, students at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., receive instruction in instruments ranging from violin and French horn to African drums and bagpipes, as well as in voice and music theory. The 100-plus member Academy Symphony Orchestra is one of 14 musical ensembles.
In the $28 million Gelb Science Center opened in January 2004 at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., the emphasis is on doing science. In Andover's molecular biology course (pictured), students do original research with recombinant DNA.
Renowned guest lecturers and artists visit Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., frequently and participate in intimate master classes with students. Here Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis demonstrates his technique for the Phillips Academy Jazz Band.
Blue Key, Andover's spirit leaders, cheer and welcome new students to campus.
The crowd cheers at the Andover vs. Exeter football game, the nation's oldest high school football rivalry. Phillips Academy offers one of the most extensive programs of interscholastic and recreational sports to be found at any secondary school, including 22 interscholastic sports, as well as a variety of recreational offerings, including swimming, fencing, yoga, dance  and Ultimate Frisbee.
International students from more than 30 countries make up eight percent of Andover's student body.
Students and teachers gather in Commons, a central dining hall where several entrees, a pasta bar and salad bar, and homemade bread and soup are available daily.
Students model fashions during Latin Arts Week, one of many annual events highlighting the cultures of Andover students.
"Students come to Andover for outstanding teaching and curriculum, unparalleled resources and to be part of a diverse, dynamic community of learners preparing to lead responsible and fulfilling lives.
Education Week calls Andover "the quintessential boarding school [which] has remained true to its mission of building character while preparing students for college." .

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2015 School Data
Phillips Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1778 1910
Campus Size 500 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1122 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 2112 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 31 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 70 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $1012 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$50,300 $49,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,100 $27,800
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $39,400 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJames F. Ventre '79

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 70 16
CoursesA Room of Their Own: Women's Studies and Literature, A Social History of Latin America, Accelerated Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chinese, Advanced College Chemistry, Advanced courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, video, Advanced Electronic Music, Advanced Fourth-Level German, Advanced Latin Authors, Advanced Theory & Composition, Advanced Topics in French, African Literature, An Introductory Survey of African American Literature, AP AB Calculus, AP Accelerated AB Calculus, AP Accelerated BC Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Applied Logic, Architecture, Asia (history), Atomic America: Service Learning, Calculus-Based Physics, California Dreaming, Chamber Music Performance Seminar, Children in Literature: Growing Up in a Changing World, Community Engagement in the City of Lawrence: We, the People (Spanish), Comparative Government, Contemporary American Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing: Fiction, Creative Writing:Poetry, Critical Race Theory: The American Dream Deferred, Current Events and Multimedia: Approaches to the Hispanic World (Spanish), Economics Research Colloquiem, Ethics:The Environment, Foundations of Modern Physics, Haunted by Shadows:Viewing African Independence through Lens and Literature, History of Art, Honors Computer Science Seminar: Software Design; Computer Graphics; Data Structures & Algorithms, Honors Math Seminar: Differential Equations; The Genius of Euler; Bayesian Statistics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish), Introduction to Theory and Composition, James Joyce, Justice and Globalization, Macroeconomics and the Global Consumer, Medieval Literature, Medieval Literature, Microeconomics and the Developing World, Molecular and Cellular Biology: Indepdendent Laboratory Research, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, Nonviolence and Social Change, Our Americas: Crossing Borders (Spanish), Out of Tune: Music and the State in the 20th Century, Playwriting, Race and Comparative American Literatures, Religion and Pilgrimage, Shakespeare, The American Civil War, The Internet in Print, The Middle East, The World in Pieces:Poetry and Cinema of the Avant-Garde, Twentieth Century Drama, U.S. History, Understanding Latin America (Spanish), Writers in Depth


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 26 14
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 176 24
Extracurriculars3D Printing Club, Academy Manor Nursing Home volunteers, ActiveMinds Andover, AdoptaPlatoon, Afro-Latino-American Society (Af-Lat-Am), Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Amnesty International Club, Andover Ambassadors, Andover Art Society, Andover Japanese Connection, Andover-Lawrence String Program, App Development, ARC Buddies, Archaeology and History Club, Architecture, Art Exchange, Art for Expression, Art Music Society, Asian Society, Astronomy, Azure, Babel Foreign Language Magazine, Backtracks Magazine, Baking Club, Ballroom Dance Society,

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 2015 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Pennsylvania 43
Harvard 41
Yale 38
University of Chicago 34
Columbia 33
Georgetown 31
Boston College 28
Brown 27
Cornell 26
Stanford 26
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of 1,122 students. Founded in 1778, Andover is known for its extensive and rigorous academic program as well as its intentionally diverse community of teachers and students. Andover admits students on the basis of merit, talent and demonstrated potential -- regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. Andover's "need blind" admission policy is one of the most comprehesive and generous among secondary schools.
  • School accreditations: NEASC
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